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LRH 2014-756-OLR & 2015-929-OLR

Published Feb. 19, 2016
Expiration date: 3/21/2016

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:  The intent of this Public Notice is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on proposed adverse effects to historic properties associated with the improvements to the lower and upper dams at the Mount Gilead State Park.


APPLICANT:            Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)

                                    2045 Morse Road, Building E-3

                                    Columbus, Ohio 43229


LOCATION:  The two (2) single and complete projects are located at Mount Gilead State Park approximately 0.55 mile east of South Main Street and north of East High Street in Mount Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio (latitude 40.549316, longitude –82.817623).  A project location map is attached as Enclosure 1.


DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK:  The applicant has requested a Department of the Army permit (DA) authorization for the proposed discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States in conjunction with two (2) single and compete projects as part of the Mount Gilead State Park Upper and Lower Dam Improvements (Upper Dam [LRH-2015-929-OLR-Sams Creek] and Lower Dam [LRH-2014-756-OLR-Sams Creek]). The purpose of the overall project is to bring both dams into compliance with the current ODNR safety regulations. 


Regarding the Lower Dam project (LRH-2014-756-OLR-Sams Creek), the applicant has requested a DA authorization to discharge 150 cubic yards of dredged and/or fill material into 40 linear feet (lf) (0.035 acre) of perennial stream (Sams Creek) for a temporary access road.  Approximately 1,225 cubic yards of dredged and/or fill material would be permanently discharged into 150 lf (0.19 acre) of perennial stream (Sams Creek) for the spillway replacement and the downstream stabilization.  Approximately 4,340 cubic yards of dredged and/or fill material would be discharged into approximately 0.65 acre of Mount Gilead Lake and 0.1 acre of emergent wetland in order to replace the spillway and to raise the embankment.  All temporarily affected areas would be restored to pre-construction contours.


Regarding the Upper Dam project (LRH-2015-929-OLR-Sams Creek), the applicant proposes to temporarily discharge approximately 355 cubic yards of dredged and/or fill material into 0.11 acre of Mount Gilead Lake in order to construct an access road to the northern embankment.  Additionally, the applicant proposes to install a 24-inch ductile iron pipe into approximately 50 lf of Mount Gilead Lake in order to extend the existing lake drain.  All proposed impacts associated with the Upper Dam project would be temporary, and all affected areas would be restored to pre-construction contours.  Refer to the enclosed construction drawings for a depiction of the proposed activities (Enclosure 2).


The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is currently considering the proposed activities for authorization under Nationwide Permit (NWP) No. 3.  General Condition #20 of the NWPs states no activity which may affect historic properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is authorized until the Corps has complied with the provisions of 33 CFR Part 325 Appendix C.  This condition also states the applicant must notify our office if the proposed activity may affect any historic property listed, determined to be eligible, or which the prospective permittee has reason to believe are eligible for listing on the NRHP.  The Corps is mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) to ensure no federal undertaking, including a Corps permit action, which may affect historic resources, is commenced before the impacts of such action are considered and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Office are provided an opportunity to comment as required by the NHPA, 36 CFR 800, and 33 CFR 325, Appendix C. 


A review of the aforementioned information by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) revealed that the Mount Gilead State Park Upper and Lower Dams were constructed in 1930 as part of state-wide efforts to build multi-purposed lowhead dams.  These dams were designed under standards of their day to provide flood control, water supply, recreation, and a setting conveying a tranquil aesthetic. Based on the above information, these historic properties, the Mount Gilead State Park Upper and Lower Dams, have been determined to be eligible for inclusion on the NRHP under Criterion (a).  In evaluating the applicant’s permit request, the Corps has determined the proposed undertaking would have an adverse effect on both historic properties.   


As mitigation for the proposed adverse effect, the applicant has proposed the following mitigation measures, which would be incorporated into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that would be made a part of any DA authorization of the proposed project:


  • installing interpretive signage informing the public of the properties’ historic significance;

  • constructing the proposed new spillway for the Lower Dam in the same location as the existing historic structure;

  • incorporating a concrete facing over the deteriorating spillway walls of the Upper Dam with the same finish as the existing walls;

  • raising the normal pool elevation by 2.5 feet to increase capacity for recreational boating activities; and

  • reconstructing the existing pedestrian bridge downstream of the Lower Dam with weathered steel and wood decking to convey a tranquil aesthetic appeal integrated into the park’s overall setting.


This Public Notice serves to solicit public input on potential mitigation activities to resolve the adverse effects to the Mount Gilead State Park Upper and Lower Dams.


PUBLIC INTEREST:  The Corps is soliciting comments from the public, Federal, state and local agencies and officials, Indian Tribes and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the proposed adverse effect on historic properties.  Should you wish to express your views on the undertaking’s effects on historic properties, or provide comments, objections or mitigation proposals associated with the proposed undertaking, please forward this information to our office prior to the close of the comment period for this Public Notice. 


CLOSE OF COMMENT PERIOD:   All comments pertaining to this Public Notice must reach this office on or before the close of the comment period listed on page one of this Public Notice.  Persons wishing to submit comments or objections concerning this proposal should write:


                        United States Army Corps of Engineers

                        ATTN: CELRH-RD-N-Public Notice No.

                        LRH-2014-756-OLR and LRH-2015-929-OLR

                        502 8th Street

                        Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070


Please note, the names and addresses of those who submit comments in response to this Public Notice become part of our administrative record and, as such, are available to the public under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.   If you have any questions concerning this public notice, please call Ms. Leah Morgan of the North Branch at 304-399-5210.